The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier was a Fireside poet, American Quaker, and abolitionist. His poetic work mainly focuses on religion and the picturesque region of Essex County, Massachusetts. In the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Collection, part of Loyola’s Special Collections and Archives, there is a rather interesting copy of Whittier’s collected works. The collection, which focuses on finely bound and illustrated books, contains a number of works that have the same special features as this example.

Portrait of Whittier, from The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier

Upon looking at the book, you can first notice the beautiful gilded cover and binding, as well as the marbled endpapers.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the binding, however, is what is called “fore-edge painting.” Notice the gilded edges of the book:

Now, when the book is opened so that the pages can stretch, we can see a picture previously hidden by the gilding!

Whittier’s Home in Amesbury, MA; fore-edge painting from The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier.

Whittier’s Home, 86 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA. Photograph from Wikipedia.

More examples of this technique can be found in many of the books in the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Collection, or online here: http://twistedsifter.com/2013/09/hidden-artworks-on-the-edges-of-books/

Whittier’s poem “Our River” is about the Merrimac River that flows through his hometown of Amesbury, MA. This poem, along with all of Whittier’s other published work, can be found in The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier as part of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Collection in Special Collections and Archives, 3rd Floor, Monroe Library.

“Our River” by John Greenleaf Whittier, from The Poetical Works of John Greenleaf Whittier.

For more information about Whittier, visit the Whittier Museum’s page here: http://whittierhome.org/

This book, and others like it, can be viewed in Special Collections & Archives.

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Lush Landscapes of Ireland and a Ballad for St. Patrick

St. Patrick’s day parades are right around the corner! To get you in the Irish spirit here are some images from The Scenery and Antiquities of Ireland. Written in 1840, the two-volume work follows the travels of J. Stirling Coyne (1803–1868), a British playwright and journalist. The engravings after drawings by W.H. Bartlett illustrate a variety of attractions in Ireland from cityscapes to wooded glens to castle ruins.

“Kilkee, (County Clare)”

Coyne writes, “Kilkee is a beautiful watering-place, situated on a little creek, which runs in off Malbay. It has risen considerably in importance within the last few years, and is now the most fashionable resort for bathers on the whole line of this romantic coast.”

“Youghal Abbey (The Residence of Sir Walter Raleigh)”

“Cove of Malbay”

“Natural Bridges Near Kilkee”

Coyne artfully describes the formation of the bridges: “…the ceaseless action of the Atlantic waves have worn away, and scooped the stratified cliffs into Natural Bridges, caverns, and chasms, so as to give the shores here the appearance of stupendous ruins, or the fragments of a half-formed world thrown into the wildest confusion by the hand of nature.”

“Turk Cascade (Near Killarney)”

In addition to outlining the history and industry of many locations, Coyne also describes his experience in detail, inserting observations and advice to the locals at times: “A small gate on the left of the road was opened by a person of no peculiarity except outside pockets in the arm-pits of his coat, and following him along the borders of a brook, through young plantations of fir and larch, I came presently in sight of the fall, – a sheet of white foam falling, as well as I could judge forty or fifty feet, but so inlaid in the chasm through which it descends as to have very much the advantage of most falls of equal height. After breaking on the rocks the steam resumes its rapid course through the ravine, and soon empties into the lake. Mr. Herbert’s plantations on the sides and edges of the ravine serve to give the Turk Cascade an American wildness, which struck me very agreeably. I wish he would also give it a prettier name.”

“Carrigogunnell Castle (Near Limerick)”

Coyne explains that the castle began as a house for knights templar and then in 1691 sheltered troops after the battle of Aughrim, part of the bloody conflict between Jacobites and the forces of William III. He notes that the Dean of Limerick received one hundred and sixty pounds to blow up the castle, leaving nothing but “piles of venerable remains.”

A nearby volume, Lewis’s Atlas contains a large fold-out map of Ireland, in addition to smaller maps of each county. Interestingly, the atlases show measurements in Irish miles, which were in use until about 1856 and measured 2,048 meters instead of the official 1,609.

In case you were wondering about the origins of St. Patrick, here is a song version from The Ballads of Ireland by Edward Hayes:

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#howtotuesday: Dance!

Sometimes new items make their way into Special Collections & Archives that take a little (or a lot of) research to identify. A recent example is this tiny box that was recently donated along with other primarily German 18th and 19th century books.

Neue Anglaisen inscription

Neue Anglaisen title page

Thanks to the diligent research of Associate Dean for Technical Services Laurie Phillips, we think we’ve got this one figured out. Printed sometime in the late 1700s, this little packet contains music scores and dance directions for the Danse Anglaise, or Anglaisen in German, an 18th century form of English country dancing where partners faced each other in lines.

Neue Anglaisen flute and clarinet parts

Neue Anglaisen violin part

Very little information is available about the composer, Carl Jonne, but he is mentioned in Performing Operas for Mozart as performing in the Leipzig opera orchestra in the summer of 1786 and promoting 2 performances of Mozart’s Requiem in April and May of 1800.

Neue Anglaisen dance diagram

Neue Anglaisen dance instructions

The work is dedicated to “Dem Hochgebohrnen Grafen und Herrn, Herrn Heinrich dem LXII, jüngern Reufs Grafen und Herrn zu Plauen, Herrn zu Greitz, Krannichfeld, Gera, Schleitz, Lobenstein unterthänigst gewidmet.”

Neue Anglaisen dedication

Bonus: Here’s a video of a danse Anglaise at the 2010 Grand Napoleonic Ball:

This book, and others like it, can be viewed in Special Collections & Archives.

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Flowers Native To The Deep South

Spring is almost here and with it comes flowers.  Our daily routes to and from work that had lost some of their vibrancy during the winter months are slowly and then suddenly awash with new bursts of color.

With the spirit of spring in mind, enjoy these images painted by Caroline Dorman the author of Flowers Native to the Deep South and follow the links for more information on this fascinating woman and her work.

Flowers Native to the Deep South was written by Caroline “Carrie” Dorman in 1958. Dorman (1988-1971) was a native Louisianan artist, author, botanist, horticulturist, ornithologist, historian, archeologist, preservationist, naturalist, and conservationist. She is considered by many to be the mother of the Louisiana conservationist movement having made many monumental contributions to the conservation of our natural, as well as cultural resources.

One of her many contributions to the preservation and conservation of Louisiana’s natural treasures was created as the first female member of the Society of American Foresters. As a member, she almost single-handedly lobbied for years to finally influence state and federal leaders to establish the Kisatchie National Forest, consisting of over 600,000 acres of public lands located in Northeastern Louisiana.

In addition, she willed the public her ancestrial home and gardens to the people upon her death. This home named Briarwood in now the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve and is known as a “mecca” for horticulturalists and naturalist.

Image of Dorman’s log cabin house at Briarwood, by Rosenthal, James W. (as part of the Historic American Landscapes Survey at Briarwood – more photos follow the link), 1959

At Briarwood Dorman collected and replanted native plants in the gardens to preserve the native ecology of Louisiana.

“The Louisiana iris was of particular importance to Dormon and this species is featured at Briarwood today in the iris bog that is called the Bay Garden. Dormon began her Bay Garden in the 1940s as a place to nourish her seedlings and to record the successes and failures of her cross-pollination experiments with irises found in the wild.”  - From the Library of Congress cataloging notes for images taken at Briarwood.

View of Bay Garden (as part of the Historic American Landscapes Survey at Briarwood)


Flower Native to the Deep South by Caroline Dorman is available for viewing Monday-Friday 9-4, in our Special Collections & Archives on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library

Here’s a little flower-themed lagniappe to get you dancing: Psycho Daisies, by the Yardbirds

History of Theater at Loyola

Loyola recently announced new programs in Theatre Arts and Musical Theatre. While this will provide the opportunity for students to earn degrees in these areas, performing students are not new to the university.

Thespians were a popular student organization from the early years of the university, but it wasn’t until 1967 that the Department of Speech added Drama to its concentration.

More images like these can be found in Loyola’s digital collections and in Special Collections & Archives.

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Let’s Keep the Good Times Rolling: Jazz Fest 2015

Mardi Gras is over and now we all have to return to our regular lives. There is no longer an excuse to party in the streets of New Orleans or is there? Fortunately, the residents of New Orleans cannot survive too long without another excuse to dance, party, and have amazing food. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival gives New Orleanians the perfect opportunity to indulge in all of these things once again. In 1970 the first Jazz Festival kicked off in Congo Square. Believe it or not, only 50 people were in attendance, according to Michael P. Smith and Allison Miner’s “Jazz Fest Memories”. This memoir focuses on the life of Allison Miner, one of the festival’s founders, and her experience watching Jazz Fest progress year after year. She includes a multitude of photographs from the festival over the years. She highlights artist such as Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, and Gladys Knight (below). Mark your calenders wolfpack. This year’s Jazz Fest starts April 24th! Unfortunately, Jazz Fest occurs extremely close to final exams, but is that going to stop Loyola students? Did Mardi Gras? Why not have a little fun before you have spend a week imprisoned in the library? A little advice for first time goers: In previous years it has rained a lot during the festival. Wear a rain coat and rain boots and party on! Or do are these past attendees did and embrace the mud (below).

Nelson (above)

Knight (above)

Wonder (above)

To view the book mentioned in this blog post and other books about the history of music in New Orleans, visit Special Collections and Archives on the 3rd Floor of the Monroe Library .

Blog post by Nydia Araya, a Special Collections work study student.

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Now more local newspaper articles online!

We have recently added the New Orleans Advocate newspaper and Times-Picayune web-only content to our America’s News subscription. The New Orleans Advocate articles are often unique and don’t always appear in the Baton Rouge Advocate, which was always included in our America’s News subscription.  Give it a try to locate more local information!

The Book As Art: Three Works by Maddy Rosenberg

Since the early production of books, artists have collaborated with printers to produce richly illustrated volumes.  With the arts and crafts movement and subsequent avant-garde groups in the late 19th century, the book as art moved away from traditional formats to incorporate more daring designs and conceptual possibilities. Loyola’s Special Collections and Archives holds many wonderful examples of these creative combinations of text and image in the Rosalee McReynolds Collection. Several more recent acquisitions showcase the work of Maddy Rosenberg, an artist and curator based in New York and Berlin. In The Ruins, Lost and Berlin Bestiary, Rosenberg explores themes of destruction and history as well as architectural forms.

In The Ruins, through the accordion folding and scalloped pages, Rosenberg transforms a traditional two-dimensional book design into a Roman or Grecian wall. Masks reminiscent of early theater line the inside while small statues pop out of exterior corners.

The Ruins (Front Open) – 2009, 3.75 x 6, soft-covered digital version, Edition 6 of 10

The Ruins (Back Open) – 2009, 3.75 x 6, soft-covered digital version, Edition 6 of 10

The Ruins (Closed) – 2009, 3.75 x 6, soft-covered digital version, Edition 6 of 10

Lost combines images from illuminated manuscripts with contemporary images of bombed areas of Baghdad. Rosenberg created this work for the Al-Mutanabbi Street project, organized in response to the car bombing of a street of booksellers in Baghdad. The project asked book artists for works that “reflect both the strength and fragility of books, but also show the endurance of the ideas within them.” By combining old and new forms of illustration, Rosenberg creates a dialogue between tradition and ongoing devastation of communities in Iraq. Since the 7th century when the first Islamic books appeared, ornamental motifs, luxury bindings and illustrations often accompanied text. Lost pays homage to this history and the significance of book making in Iraqi culture.

Lost, Front Cover - 2013, 4.5 x 7 inches, edition AP1 of 10, digitally printed, handmade and burned

Lost, Page 1 – 2013, 4.5 x 7 inches, edition AP1 of 10, digitally printed, handmade and burned

Lost, Page 2 and 3 – 2013, 4.5 x 7 inches, edition AP1 of 10, digitally printed, handmade and burned

Lost, Page 4 and 5 - 2013, 4.5 x 7 inches, edition AP1 of 10, digitally printed, handmade and burned

Lost, Page 6 and 7 – 2013, 4.5 x 7 inches, edition AP1 of 10, digitally printed, handmade and burned

Lost, Page 8 and 9 – 2013, 4.5 x 7 inches, edition AP1 of 10, digitally printed, handmade and burned

Lost, Page 10 and 11 – 2013, 4.5 x 7 inches, edition AP1 of 10, digitally printed, handmade and burned

Lost, Page 12 – 2013, 4.5 x 7 inches, edition AP1 of 10, digitally printed, handmade and burned

For Berlin Bestiary, a pop-up book, Rosenberg enclosed images of stone animals found in the streets and parks of Berlin with monumental tombs from the Jewish cemetery in Weisensee, near the city. The second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe, Weisensee remained intact through much of the bombing during World War II but fell into disrepair due to the murder and emigration of much of the Jewish community. Now the site of the Holocaust Concentration Camp Memorial, the cemetery was added to UNESCO’s list of world heritage monuments in 2005.

Berlin Bestiary (Front Open) – 2010, edition 14 of 20, 7 x 5 inches

Berlin Bestiary (Back Open) – 2010, edition 14 of 20, 7 x 5 inches

For more information or to see these wonderful creations yourself, stop by Special Collections and Archives, located on the 3rd floor of the Monroe Library. We are open Monday through Thursday 9:00-4:30 and Friday 9:00-12:00. To find out about Maddy Rosenberg and view more of her work, visit www.maddyrosenberg.net.

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We’re Hiring! PT Learning Commons & Stacks Assistant

The Monroe Library seeks a Part-time Learning Commons and Stacks Assistant who will provide basic circulation, reference, and technology assistance in an active learner-centered environment. The Learning Commons and Stacks Assistant is responsible for conducting collection inventory and stacks maintenance. The Learning Commons and Stacks Assistant is also responsible for opening the library Monday through Friday.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or two years of college and two years of library experience; excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, with clear evidence of ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with library users and colleagues; excellent customer services skills; skills and experience in the use of computer applications for word processing, scanning, printing, spreadsheets; comfort with the use of technology for data analysis; collaborative problem-solving skills and initiative with a high degree of accuracy in complex, detailed work.

Physical Requirements: Access upper library shelves with a step stool and bend to lower shelves; lift and carry equipment, supplies, or materials weighing up to 30 lbs; push a fully loaded, wheeled, book cart, up to 100 lbs.; sustain long periods of standing/walking back and forth; bend, stoop, and reach equipment and materials.

For info on how to apply, see: http://finance.loyno.edu/human-resources/staff-employment-opportunities

The Colors of Carnival

“Mask”- From A Mardi Gras Dictionary by Beverly B. Vidrime

Mardi Gras is finally here! New Orleans is full of tourists and locals alike, all coming together to join in on New Orleans’s biggest and brightest annual celebration. Many of us have witnessed the spectacle that is a Carnival parade, and below are pictured some examples of the wild colors that you can experience walking down the streets during this exciting time.

“Zulu” from A Mardi Gras Dictionary by Beverly B. Vidrime

There are the colors of gowns at Krewe balls, glittery masks, headdresses of Mardi Gras Indians, and the many beads and throws that we’ll be collecting over the next few days! Some of the materials in Special Collections display the variety of color that can be found in Carnivals past and present.

“Tiepolo, Le Menuet or Scene de la carnival (detail)” from Mardi Gras: New Orleans by Henri Schindler

“Allison (“Tootie”) Montana, Big Chief, Yellow Pocahontas, 1990″ from Mardi Gras Indians by Michael P. Smith

“Tootie (at right), Darryl Montana (in middle), Marlon Sennette (at left), Chantz Stevenson (Montana’s grandson), 1993″ from Mardi Gras Indians by Michael P. Smith

To view the books mentioned in this post, and other books about the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, visit Special Collections and Archives on the 3rd Floor of the Monroe Library.

Blog post by Maureen Kelly, a Special Collections work study student.

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